Keishea Boyd will join UMKC as the director of Student Conduct and Civility on Jan. 7, 2019.
She is passionate and eager to educate the campus community about the importance of civil, courteous and respectful behaviors. Boyd believes that “as individuals we must consider how our actions/words can yield a positive or negative effect with everlasting consequences for ourselves and others.”
Boyd earned her B.A. in criminal justice and a B.S. in psychology, from High Point University; and a M.S. in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University. She joined the North Carolina Department of Corrections early in her career to assist men and women being paroled in transition from the penal system successfully into society.
When asked why she chose the profession she said, Boyd noted, “I wanted to do my part in providing individuals in correctional institutions tools needed to transition and live a successful and productive life outside of the prison system.”
After witnessing a high recidivism rate in her institutions, Boyd directed her attention to educating young adults. She prefers the proactive focus of institutions of higher education rather than reactionary efforts that focus on behaviors once they have occurred.
In addition to her experience in the criminal justice system, Boyd has worked as the assistant director of Student Conduct at High Point University and currently serves as the assistant Title IX coordinator and Clery Compliance coordinator for UNC Asheville. Boyd is a team player, always sees the glass half-full and understands the value of fairness, justice and respect for all.
A fun fact about Boyd is that she has two adopted pet lizards.